Abhaya Subba

Abhaya Subba (Nepali: अभाय सुब्बा) is a Nepalese singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the front woman of the rock band Abhaya & the Steam Injuns. She is a former RJ of Times FM and Hits FM, and is famous for her progressive music and social initiatives. She is the founder of Women in Concert that gives a platform and creates a safe environment for upcoming female artistes.[1]

Abhaya Subba Weise
Abhaya Subba during a local concert in Kathmandu
Abhaya Subba during a local concert in Kathmandu
Background information
Birth nameAbhaya Subba (Limbu)
Born11 June 1979 [1]
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India[1]
GenresProgressive rock, pop rock, soul, rhythm and blues[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter[1]
InstrumentsVocals, Keyboard[1]
Years active2003–present[1]
Labels360o Records, Yuva[1]
Associated actsAbhaya & The Steam Engines, Parikrama, Red Skywalkers, Punchtatva[1]

Personal life and careerEdit

Abhaya completed her LLB studies from St. Xaviers, Mumbai. She worked as RJ in Times FM in Delhi and later with Hits FM in Nepal.[1][2] She started her music career with a local band Parikrama back in India, and was involved with it from 1993 to 1995. She was also affiliated with other Rock bands, Red Skywalkers and Punchtatva, respectively, before making it big with Abhaya & the Steam Injuns. She claims that her inspiration and the driving force is her father, who got her interested in music since her childhood.[3]

She later collaborated with the Image Channel as a producer and the judge of a local talent program, Sprite Band Challenge—Freedom to Rock[4][5][6] Her music is influenced by Led Zeppelin, Blondie, The Clash, Steely Dan and Green Day.[2]

She has a son with her husband, Kai Weise, who is a local architect in Nepal.[1]

Mainstream successEdit

Abhaya claimed the commercial and critical success with her current band, Abhaya & the Steam Injuns. The band was formed on 2 January 2003. Initially they were involved in playing live gigs in hotels and lounge bars. It was essentially an acoustic blues band before it kicked off as a rock outfit. Abhaya Subba, the lead vocalist, is also the founder member and creator of the band.[1][7][8]

She was judge in the rock band competition called Sprite Band Challenge—Freedom to Rock, and has judged it along with fellow Nepali musicians Robin Tamang and Dev Rana, where underground rock bands compete for an ultimate prize and a music contract.[9]

Concerts & ToursEdit

Abhaya has participated in numerous concerts and international tours with her band, and other associated acts. She is also the founder and creator of Women in concert. A concert conceptualized to support rising Nepali female singers and musicians.[10]

The Voice of NepalEdit

Abhaya was one of the judges in the first edition of The Voice of Nepal. [11]

DiscographyEdit

 
Abhaya and the Steam Injuns Live at Women in Concert
  • The Steam Injuns (2005)
  • Nayan (2008)[12]

Other worksEdit

 
Abhaya during a local protest program, along with Shreedeep rayamajhi (Activist)

In May 2011, Abhaya participated in Nepal Unites via Facebook, an event organized to warn politicians about the statute drafting within the stipulated time frame, with musicians like Nima Rumba and Aani Tschoing Dolma.[13][14]

She, along with Lamp Lights, organized Let there be lights, a protest-concert in Kathmandu, in February 2012, to solicit unity against the government's move on increasing load shedding.[15]

In a post-program interview, she responded:

Our leaders made a pledge that power problems are going to improve within five years, but it never happened. So, here we are giving a wakeup call to all CA members to stop the blame game, and start taking actions as we have to bear the brunt of darkness and pain.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Abhaya & her life". Wavemag.com.np. Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Online profile of Abhaya Subba". NepaliSite.com. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Profile of Abhaya & the Steam Injuns". Online Sahitya. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Biography of Abhaya Subba". DownloadnepaliMP3. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Insight on the Rock band Abhaya & the Steam Injuns". DarjeelingTimes.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Local rock star talent hunt in Nepal". Ekantipur.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Discography of Abhaya & the Steam English". Last.fm. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Abhaya makes her first international music appearance". BlogSpot.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sprite band Challenge- Local Talent Hunt". CyberNepal.com.np. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Ladies Only Please!: Women in Concert". Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Kathmandu Tribune (2 April 2018). "The Voice of Nepal: Abhaya Subba excited about the singing reality show". News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Discography of Abhaya & the Stam Injuns". Babbal.com. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Nepal Unites via Facebook". NepaliBlogger.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "nepal Unites via Facebook". NepalUnites. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Let there be Lights on Facebook.com". Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Abhaya protesting against the government". MyRepublica.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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